Low Back Pain Academic Article uri icon


  • The Orthopaedic Section of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) has an ongoing effort to create evidence-based practice guidelines for orthopaedic physical therapy management of patients with musculoskeletal impairments described in the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (ICF). The purpose of these low back pain clinical practice guidelines, in particular, is to describe the peer-reviewed literature and make recommendations related to (1) treatment matched to low back pain subgroup responder categories, (2) treatments that have evidence to prevent recurrence of low back pain, and (3) treatments that have evidence to influence the progression from acute to chronic low back pain and disability.


  • Collins, Natalie
  • Delitto, Anthony
  • George, Steven Z
  • Van Dillen, Linda
  • Whitman, Julie M
  • Sowa, Gwendolyn
  • Shekelle, Paul
  • Denninger, Thomas R
  • Godges, Joseph J

publication date

  • April 2012